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P Human Services
P85 Homeless Services/Centers
L Housing, Shelter
L80 Other Housing Support Services
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S20 Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
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The mission of the Project H.O.M.E. community is to empower people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to address the structural causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society
Sr. Mary Scullion
Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. She was a co-founder in 1985 of Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residences and support services for homeless mentally ill women. In 1988 she helped to found the Outreach Coordination Center, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons in Center City Philadelphia. In 1989, she co-founded Project H.O.M.E., along with Joan Dawson McConnon, which has become a nationally recognized program providing solutions to homelessness and poverty.
Sister Mary is also a powerful voice on political issues affecting homelessness and mentally ill persons. Her advocacy efforts resulted in the right of homeless persons to vote as well as a landmark federal court decision that affects the fair housing rights of persons with disabilities.
Sister Mary has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates for her leadership in the City of Philadelphia, including the 1992 Philadelphia Award. In 2002, Sister Mary was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, and that same year, she and Ms. McConnon were national awardees of the Ford Foundation's prestigious "Leadership for a Changing World Award." In 2009, she was named by TIME Magazine’s as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”
Sister Mary serves on the Board of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and of CeaseFire PA, and in 2010 she was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the City of Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Since 1989, Project H.O.M.E. has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment. We also work to prevent homelessness and poverty through neighborhood revitalization in North Philadelphia. Our accomplishments include the following:
Since 1989, Project H.O.M.E. has leveraged over $110 million for housing and economic development. Project H.O.M.E. provides 535 units of housing in Philadelphia, including 356 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families. In 2011, we opened Connelly House, a LEED-certified, new construction eight-story building, in collaboration with Bethesda Project, providing 79 units of permanent, affordable housing in Center City Philadelphia. And in 2012, we opened James Widener Ray Homes, a renovated, 53-unit building in the Tioga section of Philadelphia.